MADD Praises Colorado’s Drunk Driving Legislation

On January 9, 2014, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) issued its annual report on its long and ongoing campaign to eliminate drunk driving in the United States.  Among the legislative goals it has urged the states to adopt are five DUI “countermeasures” which include (1) requiring ignition interlocks for convicted drivers, (2) sobriety checkpoints, (3) enhanced penalties for those who drive drunk with children in the vehicle, (4) participating in “no-refusal” activities for those suspected of drunk driving  (express consent laws), and (5) use of administrative license revocation procedures for offenders.

Colorado, along with adjacent states Utah, Nebraska and Kansas, was rated as a “five-star state,” in this effort.  Specifically, the report states:

“Colorado is a five-star state and has been successful in the fight to eliminate drunk driving. The state highly incentivizes the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers by allowing a shorter license suspension period for drunk drivers who elect to go on an interlock immediately following a drunk driving conviction. Due in part to the state’s all-offender interlock law, drunk driving deaths have dropped by 24 percent.”

MADD recognizes that Colorado stands as one of the toughest states in the nation in its enactment and enforcement of DUI laws.

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